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Keegan turns up the heat on Hoops

TODAY could prove to be the most crucial of the Airtricity League season as the title race nears boiling point.

And Bohemians' Paul Keegan has raised the heat further by claiming that all the pressure is now on Shamrock Rovers because "they haven't won anything as a team yet".

Bohs, two points behind the Hoops, travel to Inchicore to face St Patrick's Athletic, a team they have failed to beat in the league this season, while Rovers host Sporting Fingal.

"I think there is more pressure on Rovers because, while they have had a very good season so far, they haven't won anything yet as a team, so they'll be desperate to do that," said Keegan.

"We've won the league twice as well as the FAI Cup and Setanta Cup as a group of players, so I think the pressure is off us a little."

The Saints have been a bogey side for the Phibsboro outfit this season, beating them the last time they faced off at Richmond Park, and holding them to two draws at Dalymount.


So Keegan -- who has provided a huge boost to Bohs since returning from a hip injury two weeks ago -- knows his side can't take anything for granted.

"I suppose it's one way of looking at it that we have the advantage of playing first. It would put pressure on them against Fingal, but St Pat's is a very tough game for us. This game is as big as the Rovers game last Tuesday, if not bigger, after what happened in that game. We can't drop points again."

The 26 year-old has also moved to dismiss the notion that Bohs are playing for their professional futures, with club members' meetings fielding suggestions of part-time or even amateur football next season.

"The financial thing is there in the background, but the players here have done all they can do and all we can do now is try and win the league and even the FAI Cup," said Keegan.

"If we win things, then we've done our part and it's up to the staff off the field to sort everything out."

St Pat's Athletic v Bohemians,

Live, 1.0, RTE 2

Shamrocks Rvs v Sporting Fingal,

Live 3.0, Setanta Ireland

Irish Independent